As the Covid-19 pandemic grips the nation, health care providers continue to deliver excellent services to patients, many at substantial risk to their own well-being and well-ordered lives. Even outside the direct-care services for patients infected with the virus, providers face varying degrees of risk of contagion, and they carry on. These are the bright, dedicated, and courageous faces in the pandemic. The shadowy face, however, is evident in structural fault lines in the health care infrastructure: the crises due to health-care-resource shortfalls and systemic inequities giving rise to health disparities. These are not new problems, just ones that have become more apparent under pressure.
What a difference a month makes! Disruptions in supply chains, foregoing nonessential patient appointments, potential siphoning of funds from reproductive health programs and possibly decreased access to free or subsidized family planning care are predictions that have implications for providers and patients alike during the growing outbreak of Covid-19. And the need to protect yourself and your patients (Check out the links at the end of this post.) Kissing and sex may be among the most effective ways to transmit Covid-19…and maybe future emerging infectious diseases.
The reproductive health field would be non-existent without sex, but conversations about sexuality remain taboo and are often omitted from clinical encounters. Clients report that practitioners rarely ask them about sex, despite the evidence suggesting that discussions about positive sexual experiences and satisfaction (and not merely sexual risk) yield significant benefits for patient health as well as the quality of the provider-patient relationship. So here is the proverbial “elephant” in the exam room.
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